Friday, July 29, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
It's finally coming together: sky-blue walls with sponged clouds. I loved the way it turned out. I ordered some vintage airplanes to stick to the walls. Those went up today and it looks pretty good. I have yet to acquire some vintage airplane tin/wood pictures for the other 2 walls. I've been eyeing a few of them and am excited to put those up in time...
Saturday, July 23, 2011
After waking up Saturday, we packed up and took off to Park City. Our first stop was the Olympic Park, which was really something. We took a guided tour and watched a freestyle show. Those athletes are amazing! We did our fair share of "ooohing and aaahing."
I would've taken video of some of the rides, but it was prohibited. And would have taken away from the experience, anyway. I'm so glad we went. It felt wonderful and relaxing to be away and do whatever we wanted on our timetable for 25 whole hours!
Friday, July 22, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
This is what our counter looked like: I smelled things and heard a lot of commotion. After they'd made their concoctions, they invited the younger three into the kitchen to be the taste-testers.
Colin is recruiting new restaurant club members. Here is the paper he and Orion made up about their club:
Restaurant name: Colin and Orion's Eat Out
Motto: "Take it and eat it. It's good!"
Recipes: sugar fruit, Hershey's syrup delight, silver water, cocoa peanut butter cracker brittle, brown powder, cinnamon applesauce, fruit smoothies, orange julius.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
This is Chad's favorite spot in the backyard. It has hollyhocks, tiger lilies, Canterbury bells, clover, and others for which I do not know their names (but I will learn!). The girls get a great view from their bedroom window.
And when we're sitting at our outdoor table, we get a beautiful view of mountains and sky only. It will be wonderful to watch these trees grow. Now isn't that a gorgeous sky? It looks like a painting. We have many colorful snapdragons and these pink daisy-like flowers. So interesting for the eye. A couple of these trees in the edge (the purple leaved ones) drive me bonkers. They are coming out as soon as I figure out what to replace them with. They grow messily and send out shoots which I'm constantly trimming back so it doesn't look like one big bush. Ideas for me? I think they are going to be a challenge to remove.
This is my favorite growing flowering spot. It is pretty right now, but in later summer it's practically blooming over and I adore it. I'm always drawn to it. Our wine barrel holds lettuce.
This is Chad's baby this year. He's worked hard planning and putting in the garden. We've got carrots, onions, cucumbers, green beans, peas, bell peppers, pumpkins, watermelon, cantaloupe, asparagus, and tomatoes. A few of these are going to be trial and error, I do believe. I don't know how some of the melons are going to do. We are anxiously awaiting a good crop of tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers. We've been harvesting the peas for a while, now. Chad takes some to work for lunch every day.
And now for the front yard. I wish I had a wide-angle lens to better capture all the pretty things growing. Lots of yellow.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Before we left that morning, I painted the kids' faces and sprayed blue spary in their hair (at Colin's request). Don't they look patriotic?
After the parade we came home, worked in the garden and cleaned out a wickedly filthy car. Then it was swimming and a neighborhood barbeque with fireworks. This Nervous Nelly of a mother was a bit gobsmacked at the young boys who were allowed to willy-nilly play with fireworks and lighters. I think this was our first year doing sparklers! In years past we've always gone to watch fireworks shows. But now fireworks that used to be illegal in Utah are allowed. So they're admittedly much cooler. The kids had a great time.
The night before we had a family home evening about Independence Day and what it means to be a good citizen. We talked about our freedoms--that not everyone in the world is allowed the freedoms we have. Colin was shocked to hear about some examples. We sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" and talked about their meanings. I did not realize that Francis Scott Key actually wrote this while he was on a British ship in 1814. It was inspirational, singing these together.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
We went swimming, made s'mores, went fishing, (cheated and watched a couple of movies in Grandma and Grandpa's trailer, ) played games. It was nice to have some extra hands to help out with Matthew. Everyone was happy to take turns entertaining him and keeping him out of mischief.